The Crown Princess attends a meeting about the Sustainable Ocean Plan

The Crown Princess speaks with the Honourable Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, and Professor Henrik Österblom from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The Crown Princess speaks with the Honourable Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, and Professor Henrik Österblom from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Photo: Robert Kautsky/Azote

On Wednesday 2 December, The Crown Princess took part in a meeting about the Sustainable Ocean Plan, the new action plan adopted by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (the Ocean Panel).

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy External link, opens in new window. is an initiative launched in 2018 by 14 heads of state and government. The newly launched Sustainable Ocean Plan External link, opens in new window. is a science-based action plan for the sustainable development of the world's oceans.

The plan was presented to The Crown Princess by the Honourable Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University. The Stockholm Resilience Centre's Professor Henrik Österblom also took part in the meeting.

The action plan aims to achieve a sustainable ocean economy that benefits people, nature and the economy. The countries that back the plan commit to managing the ocean area within their jurisdiction in a sustainable manner by 2025 at the latest.

The panel is co-chaired by Norway and Palau. Other members include Australia, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia and Portugal. The initiative is supported by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean.

During the meeting, Professor Lubchenco expressed her appreciation for The Crown Princess's commitment to the oceans. The Crown Princess in turn congratulated Professor Lubchenco on the significant step towards a sustainable ocean that the work of the panel represents.

Professor Lubchenco is a marine ecologist, and an expert on oceans, climate change and how the environment affects human wellbeing. Professor Lubchenco led the scientific work involved in the Sustainable Ocean Plan, and has attended most of the Keystone Dialogues. She was previously an advisor to US President Barack Obama and Administrator of the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) External link, opens in new window..

Professor Österblom works at the Stockholm Resilience Centre External link, opens in new window., where he is responsible for Keystone Dialogues and SeaBOS External link, opens in new window.. SeaBOS aims to make the world's fishing industry operate in a more sustainable manner.

About the Keystone Dialogue

Ten of the world's biggest fishing and shellfish companies have issued a joint statement on a ten-point action plan for sustainable ocean management, SeaBOS. The participating companies have undertaken to improve transparency and traceability within their operations and to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their supply chains.

The Soneva Dialogue, held in the Maldives in November 2016, was the first meeting of the Keystone Dialogue – meetings and dialogue between industry and researchers on the state of our oceans.

Read The Crown Princess' speech at the Soneva Dialogue in the Maldives here. External link, opens in new window.

During The Crown Princess' visit to Japan in April 2017, a follow-up session on the Soneva Dialogue was held. Japanese fishing companies and experts were invited to a more informal dialogue held at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.

Read The Crown Princess' speech during her visit to Japan here. External link, opens in new window.

Keystone Dialogue 2 was held in Stockholm in May 2017, and resulted in deeper cooperation between companies. A clear plan was drawn up for how these major players can develop their capacity to lead a transition towards sustainably caught or farmed fish and shellfish, and how these companies can take greater global responsibility for the world's oceans.

Read The Crown Princess' speech at the Keystone Dialogue 2 here. External link, opens in new window.

Keystone Dialogue 3 was held in Karuizawa, Japan in September 2018, where cooperation between fishing companies was developed further.

Read The Crown Princess's speech at the Keystone Dialogue 3 here. External link, opens in new window.

In May 2019, The Crown Princess attended SeaBOS's working meeting in Bergen, Norway. The meeting included discussions on issues such as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, plastics in the ocean, the use of antibiotics and planning for Keystone Dialogue 4, which was held in Phuket, Thailand, in September 2019.

Read The Crown Princess's speech during the meeting in Bergen here External link, opens in new window..

In May 2020, The Crown Princess took part in SeaBOS's digital working meeting. The meeting included discussions on issues such as IUU fishing, plastics in the ocean and the use of antibiotics.

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In October 2020, The Crown Princess took part in the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue. The meeting included discussions on issues such as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, how companies can work to reduce plastics in the ocean, climate change, the use of antibiotics and continued work within SeaBOS.

Read The Crown Princess's speech during the 2020 Virtual Keystone Dialogue here Opens in new window..

The UN's global sustainable development goals

In January 2016, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Crown Princess as one of 17 advocates for the work involved with the UN's sustainable development goals. The advocates' task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways. Since 2019, The Crown Princess has been part of the alumni group.

As an alumnus, The Crown Princess will continue to focus in particular on work relating to the sea and fishing.

Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.  External link, opens in new window.